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Nelson Melgar – Law & Policy #latinus20under30 2017

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Nelson Melgar nació en Honduras, pero llegó a temprana edad a Estados Unidos.  En el 2012 la acción diferida DACA, le brindó la posibilidad de acceder a mejores oportunidades de empleo y educación; y fue así como estudió Ciencias Políticas y Relaciones Internacionales. Hizo parte de Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates, (LIISA) y desde allí trabajó por la aprobación de leyes en favor de los estudiantes inmigrantes. En la actualidad asesora al Asambleísta Demócrata Charles Lavine, del distrito 13 de Nassau County; desde allí trabaja para que se cumplan a cabalidad, los derechos de los inmigrantes latinos. Es cofundador de La Asociación Cívica Hispana de North Shore y como presidente espera seguir apoyando a toda la comunidad latina.

Nelson Melgar was born in Honduras. At the age of 4, he worked on coffee farms providing for the family. When he was 7 his mother left to the United States, subsequently, his father lost their home, forcing them to emigrateto the U.S. Nelson arrived undernourished and undereducated in 2004. His mother’s support galvanized him to persevere. He completed four years’ worth of ESL in ninth grade, excelled in honors classes and advanced placement classes by eleventh grade. Nelson later learned he was ineligible for financial aid. Feeling discouraged he abandoned his drive for education. Nelson enrolled Nassau Community College, taking him twice as long to obtain an Associate’s Degree. In order to complete his bachelor’s at CUNY Hunter College, Nelson worked 120 hours weekly studying Political Science and International Relations. In 2012, DACA allowed Nelson to gain access to better employment and educational opportunities.

Nelson joined the Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates, rallying and lobbying State Senators to pass the NY State Dream Act. Since then, he’s given multiple interviews, has been a panelist at Universities and Conferences, and has been recognized as a Role Model for Latino Youth. His activism and courage to share his story impressed his state representative and now boss, Assemblyman Charles Lavine. Nelson’s work has pushed him to unite his community, by cofounding and leading the North Shore Hispanic Civic Association as founding President. Furthermore, he’s currently working to get the first Hispanic Woman elected for Glen Cove City Council.

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